How Draingarde Can Help Clients Prevent Point Source Pollution
Everyone wants to do their part to preserve water. We’re no different!
Draingarde serves the golf course management sector with a product that allows superintendents to effectively implement a best management practice that protects water quality, prevents point source pollution and saves golf facilities time and money.
Keep reading to learn about how we help clients reduce point source pollution.
The Challenge: Reducing point source pollution
The prevention of point source pollution is not a normal part of current maintenance practices at golf courses. In most cases, pesticides and fertilizers are applied to the playing surface and deposited directly into surface water drainage catch basins.
Given the number of catch basins on most golf courses constructed in the past three decades, not covering these during applications results in significant amounts of these products being deposited directly into drainage systems and therefore into the water system.
The Solution: Using Draingarde covers
Using Draingarde covers can prevent pesticides and fertilizers from being deposited directly into drainage systems. Preventing this from happening is not the current practice at most golf courses. New practices are often seen as being time-consuming and an added expense and, as such, they are not encouraged.
Cost and perception are two issues that must be addressed when implementing new approaches. Draingarde is a new approach to the prevention of point source pollution, which involves the direct deposit of pollutants into the water system. This blog discusses the cost of implementing Draingarde catch basin covers at your golf course and addresses the perception that it is a difficult, time-consuming approach to limiting the point source contamination of water at your facility.
Most new approaches require an expenditure to get started. Using Draingarde covers is no different. The cost for each golf course will vary, depending on the number of holes and the number of catch basins, so the suggested approach is to purchase a supply sufficient to cover the catch basins on six holes. Once the first three holes are sprayed, those covers are removed and used to cover holes '7' through '9' while holes '4 through 6' are being sprayed. This process would continue until the application has been made to the entire course. In addition, if the covers are treated as a piece of equipment, the cost can easily be spread over three years as a capital expense, alleviating much of the budget-related problem with implementing this practice.
With respect to the issue of perception, there seems to be a concern that using Draingarde will result in people criticizing golf for its use of pesticides and fertilizers and provide people with the perception that golf has been contributing to point source pollution for many years. It's really not an issue of perception. Its reality and its more an issue of admitting that the current approach is contributing to point source pollution and that golf course managers and the golf industry needs to do what can be done to eliminate it. Once you have made that decision, using catch basin covers of some description should be the next logical step.
Draingarde covers provide the most effective and efficient approach to implementing this best practice. They also reduce the liability of the golf course by demonstrating a proactive approach to reducing water pollution.
To counteract the cost and perception issues, Draingarde has produced a product that reduces and minimizes the costs associated with implementing this best practice. A golf course can effectively use the catch basin covers for an investment of less than $2,000. This investment can be financed over at least three years and very likely four or more years before the product needs to be replaced. That reduces the effective annual cost of Draingarde to approximately $500.
The only additional cost is for staff to ‘install’ the covers prior to each application. Each cover requires less than ten seconds to place it on a catch basin and another ten seconds to pick it up, drain it on to the turf and place it in the holder on the maintenance vehicle.
For a typical eighteen hole golf course, using Draingarde involves approximately thirty minutes by one staff person for each application. In addition, once or twice a year, staff should edge catch basins to allow the Draingarde cover to fit properly over the catch basin.
By using Draingarde covers, golf courses can be more responsible when it comes to point-source pollution, helping to protect one of the world's most precious resources; water!
The Bottom Line
After three years of research and development and another three years of testing the product on a working golf course and in a research setting, not only do we know that Draingarde covers are durable and effective but we now have third-party research that indicates that our covers reduce point source pollution by 93%. To ensure your golf course is following best practice guidelines to keep our environment safe, get in touch with us by clicking here. To read what our clients are saying about us, please click here.